Patrice Bergeron was quick on the draw in the opening two games of the Eastern Conference semifirnals in Philadelphia.
Bergeron won 14 faceoffs for the Bruins in a 7-3 victory in Game 1 and duplicated that effort in Monday night's 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2 at the Wells Fargo Center.
By winning 28 faceoffs in two games, the center created scoring opportunities for linemates Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. The opportunistic stick work in the circle also helped the defensemen clear the puck from the B's zone.
Bergeron continued his mastery in last night's Game 3, winning 17 faceoffs and losing just two in the Bruins' 5-1 victory.
"Obviously it helps when you win draws because you start with the puck, especially in the defensive zone where it takes away their offense," Bergeron said before the game. "So yeah, I've got to keep that going and we work on that pretty much every practice with all the other centers.
"It's something you always need to work on, even in summer. I work on it with a couple of guys back home and I always try to get better."
Bergeron assembled an ideal sequence of numbers on the Bruins scoresheet in the first game of the series. In addition to the faceoff success, Bergeron registered three primary assists. He twice found Marchand loitering around the Flyers cage and set up Mark Recchi in the slot with a smooth feed.
Patrice Bergeron draws attention to faceoffs
Boston Herald | May 5